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12:50 PM ET, March 23, 2010

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New York Times:
China Counters Google Move by Restricting Hong Kong Site  —  BEIJING — As Google began redirecting tens of millions of Chinese users on Tuesday to its uncensored Web site in Hong Kong, the company's remaining mainland operations came under pressure from its Chinese partners and from the government itself.
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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China: an update  —  On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Interview: Sergey Brin on Google's China Gambit  —  China's censorship of the Internet may be blunt, but Google has found negotiations with the Chinese government in recent weeks to be subtle and uncertain.  —  That was the message from a brief interview in New York on Monday with Sergey Brin …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Opera Mini Browser, Coming To An iPhone Near You  —  Opera Software on Tuesday announced that it is submitting its Opera Mini Web browser to Apple for use on the iPhone.  —  The Norwegian company boasts that Opera is the most-used browser on mobile devices; it offers a version of the software …
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Opera Press Room:
Opera Mini submitted to Apple's App Store  —  Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today.  A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February.  Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Official: Apple now offering iPhones contract free (updated: not unlocked)  —  We heard from 9 to 5 Mac that Apple was due to begin selling a contract-free variant of the iPhone in the near future “at list price.”  And guess what happened when we inquired to an Apple store?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Contract-Free iPhone Is Simply The First Sign That A New iPhone Is Nearing  —  This morning, the Internet was abuzz with the news that Apple would begin selling unlocked iPhones.  The only problem?  It's not true.  In fact, it's no different from what Apple did last year at this time …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Amazon: You Need To Change Your Idiotic Customer Reviews Policy Right Now  —  It's hard to feel sorry for a wildly successful author, but in the case of Michael Lewis I'll make an exception.  Just this once.  —  Lewis' latest book - The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine …
Discussion: TeleRead and Daring Fireball, Thanks:concarjess3
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nintendo announces 3DS — the glasses-free 3D successor to the DS  —  Whoa, now this is a whopper coming (almost) out of nowhere.  Nintendo has just slipped out a press release in Japan informing the world that all-new 3D-capable portable hardware is coming, with a full unveiling set for E3 2010 this June.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Clearwire: We'll cover 120 million people by the end of 2010, speeds will increase 20% to 30% too  —  Clearwire, one of the world's few WiMAX network operators, has announced that by the end of 2010 their service will be able to reach 120 million people.  That's actually quite meaningful since Verizon …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Clearwire to expand to L.A., Miami, St. Louis
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Andrew Silverman / Google LatLong:
Experiment to show hotel prices on Google Maps  —  Google Maps is often one of the first stops travelers make to find and compare hotels.  Today we started experimenting with a new feature, visible to a small portion of users, to help make that process even easier by showing specific prices for selected hotel listings.
Fred / A VC:
The Startup Visa Bill Debate  —  I'm on vacation this week skiing with my family.  I got back from the mountain yesterday afternoon, checked in on email, made a few phone calls, and took a quick look at Techmeme.  I saw a headline that said “The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped” …
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Startup Visa Act Must Be Stopped
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and K9 Ventures
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Exclusive: How Google's Eric Schmidt Lost His Mistress, His Partner and Steve Jobs  —  Eric Schmidt hates camping.  Which is why, when Steve Jobs broke up with him, Google's CEO was at a payphone on a lonesome desert road, 45 minutes from Burning Man, with only his mistress Kate Bohner near his side.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS Now Serves 1% Of The Internet (That's A Big Number)  —  When you think of one percent of something, it's usually not a very big number.  But in some cases it is.  Like when you're talking about all of the users of the Internet in the world.  —  Today, OpenDNS is announcing …
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael / Mobile Marketing Watch:
Google Says Local Intent is Behind One-Third of Mobile Searches  —  Speaking at a Mobile Marketing & Advertising event in Las Vegas to coincide with CTIA Wireless 2010, Diana Pouliot - director of mobile advertising at Google - revealed that one-third of all Google searches via …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Jobs on a roll, drops three more emails; expect universal iPhone mailbox  —  Okay, who hasn't gotten an email from Steve Jobs this week?  Yesterday we reported on an email Steve sent to a user regarding Google's Picasa.  Also, a MacRumors reader emailed Jobs yesterday about his concern …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Offerpal Media Acquires Tapjoy, Gains Beachhead For Mobile App Monetization  —  In late 2009 we wrote about Tapjoy's evolution from a mobile app developer to a mobile app monetization platform.  —  Tomorrow, Offerpal Media, one of the giants in social gaming monetization, will announce the acquisition of Tapjoy.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Malware delivered by Yahoo, Fox, Google ads  —  These charts show incidences of malware distributed by a number of ad delivery platforms over a six-day period last month that were detected by Avast.  Yahoo and Fox have the highest counts.  —  Malware that exploits holes in popular applications …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Yahoo's Display Ad Target: Neighborhoods  —  Yahoo wants to remain the top display ad seller.  Its strategy is to go local.  —  National advertisers spend more than $120 billion on advertising in local markets and Yahoo wants it.  —  This year the Sunnyvale, Calif. …
Steven Levy / Wired:
How the Tablet Will Change the World  —  Everyone who jammed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 27, 2010, knew what they were there for: Apple CEO Steve Jobs' introduction of a thin, always-on tablet device that would let people browse the Web, read books, send email, watch movies, and play games.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Mozilla Stops Firefox Development For Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7  —  Mozilla has been building a version of Firefox for Windows Mobile devices for quite some time now with anticipation that Microsoft might increase it's market share.  The Windows Phone 7 announcement was watched quite keenly …
Jon Ying / The Dropbox Blog:
The Dropbox Android App!  —  In Dropbox's two year history, we've had some ardent fans salivating over the next killer Dropbox feature.  We love these people!  —  Our first huge feature following (and birthplace of our Dropbox poetry tradition) was our Linux version, which was soon followed by the highly anticipated iPhone app.
Times of India:
Bill Gates, Toshiba to build nuclear reactor  —  Text:  —  BANGALORE: Toshiba Corp and Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates would team up to develop a next-generation nuclear reactor that can operate for up to 100 years without refueling, the Nikkei business daily said.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Palm's not dead, so why write its epitaph?  —  Wall Street's vultures are circling over Palm, screeching for its death.  Tech pundits are joining the death watch, in one of the more morbid displays of graveyard tech journalism ever.  As I've asserted repeatedly, in business perception is everything.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm moving to Android to stay alive?  Not according to Palm  —  You may be seeing a rumor doing the rounds today about Palm throwing in the towel and moving to the Android platform as a means of survival — but just hang on.  Most reports are citing an email that made its way to the inbox …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CTIA: AT&T Exec Says U.S. Leads The World In 3G Subscribers  —  Ralph de la Vega, chief of AT&T (T) Mobility and Consumer Markets, asserted today that the U.S. leads the world in 3G subscribers, with 117 million, 18% of the world's total, and ahead of Japan at 101 million …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Twitter Forces Facebook To Open Up Beyond “Friends”  —  At Facebook's developer conference (f8) next month, the company is expected to announce a number of services that continue the opening of the platform as well as expanding access to disconnected user data.
Discussion: /message
Shashi Seth / Yahoo! Search Blog:
New Ways to Search with Yahoo! iPhone Apps  —  Yahoo! was one of the first companies to revolutionize mobile search.  With the launch of oneSearch in 2007, we fundamentally changed mobile search by delivering answers, not just Web links.  Today we are introducing two new apps for the iPhone …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Foursquare goes to the ‘Jersey Shore’
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Blockbuster To Get New Warner Bros DVDs Four Weeks Before Netflix/Redbox
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Ad Exchange Player: Microsoft Vet Jeff Green Launches The Trade Desk
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdMob Launches New SDKs For Android And iPhone Platforms, Enhances Publisher Tools
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Motricity Plays Catch-Up: Rolls Out App Stores For Carriers
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Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Wi-Fi Spreading Fast Among Phones
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Kongregate grows virtual goods revenue 30 percent per month
Agence France Presse:
Google criticises Australia on internet filter plan
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Gregory White / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Discussion: Softpedia News
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
New Facebook Policies Clamp Down on ‘Loose’ Ad Copy
Discussion: PC World and Silicon Alley Insider
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Axes Its RealTime Toolbar Experiment
Discussion: NewTeeVee, CNET News and The Register
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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